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How to Build a Compelling Brand: 7 Essential Ingredients | Inc.com

Think of your favorite brands. How does using their products or services make you feel? Maybe it's safe or cool or smart or healthy, but whatever it is, if you're a loyal fan because you have an emotional connection to the brand. It's something every company should seek to evoke in a market before …

Business Strategy

Global Founders Capital Reveals First Three Investments, Including Lingoda, GirlMeetsDress And Videdressing

The Samwer brothers’ Global Founders Capital fund is announcing its first three investments today, a few short months after making its public debut. The initial round of investment isn’t earth-shattering, totaling just over $5 million, but it’s just the start for the nearly $200 million fund from …

Senate passes Internet sales-tax bill

WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) — Congress took a step toward ending tax-free shopping on the Internet on Monday, as the Senate passed a bill empowering …

University of Tennessee

8 Marketers Doing Big Data Right

There's no need for fluff and buzzword BS when there's rock-hard data to draw upon. Look around the business world, and you'll see marketers who are …

LinkedIn is 10 Years Old: Here's How it Changed the Way we Work

Today marks a historic moment for one of Silicon Valley’s biggest and well-known companies. It has been a decade since LinkedIn was founded as a business-related social network and now it has grown up to become a successful public company with more than 225 million members and nearly $325 million …

Staples becomes first major US retailer to sell 3D printers with $1,299 Cube

The day you'll be able to walk into a national retail chain and leave with a 3D printer is almost here. Staples today announced that it's begun selling 3D Systems' Cube 3D Printer for $1,299. The device won't be in stores until the end of June, and even then it will only be available from a …

The Mad Billionaire Behind GoPro: The World's Hottest Camera Company

Nick Woodman is 37 years old. His constantly tousled sepia hair and permanent, mischievous half-grin make him look 27. And he acts 17, as I learn 30,000 feet above the Rocky Mountains, after Woodman packed me, his wife, Jill, and a dozen of his favorite colleagues and buds into a chartered …

Why Silicon Valley Is Pouring Millions Into Hair

This week, a Silicon Valley venture capital firm better known for backing online advertising startups and ex-<i>Wired</i> editor-in-chief Chris Anderson's …

HAXLR8R explores different ways to sell connected devices

We already know the connected device market will be a big opportunity. Early leaders in the category like Nest and Jawbone have shown us that. But as …

Most Creative People in Business 2012 | Fast Company

The Most Creative People In Business 2012<p>These inspiring leaders are shaping the future of business in creative ways. Scroll to see the Top 100.

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$75 million lawsuit could destroy bitcoin’s largest exchange—but might help the currency go mainstream

Coinlab, one of the best-funded bitcoin startups in the US, is suing Mt.Gox, the world’s largest exchange for bitcoin, for $75 million. According to estimates, that’s several times more than Mt. Gox’s entire annual revenue, which The Verge pegs at about $22 million a year. (My own calculations, …

Bitcoin

Wifi in Low-Income Communities, Thanks to Connecting for Good

So far, nonprofit Connecting for Good has brought free wireless Internet to 600 households in three low-income housing projects in Kansas City. They …

Kansas City

Wander Launches Days App, Looks To Change Your Perspective Of Photo-Sharing Entirely

You’ve likely heard whispers of a company called Wander in the past year. They nabbed $1.2 million, launched out of TechStars, and have since gone relatively quiet.<p>Until today.<p>Today Wander is launching a mobile app called Days, which aims to change the way you think of photo-sharing on every basic …

Google Just Made A $125 Million Bet On The Future Of Banking

Google led a new $125 million investment in Lending Club, the company announced, and nabbed a 7 percent stake, reports the New York Times' Michael De La Merced.<p>With this investment, Lending Club is now valued at $1.55 billion, reports Peter Renton at LendAcademy.com.<p>Lending Club lets people take …

Venture Capital

American Airlines Pilots Lose 40lb With Apple iPad Electronic Flight Bag

American Airlines recently got permission to use its iPad Electronic Flight Bags in the cockpit during all phases of flight, saving an estimated $1.2 million of fuel annually. (Hat tip Mactrast, image)<p>For pilots, it’s a huge benefit. A bag full of airways charts, airport maps and operations manuals …

Why private equity just paid $1.3 billion for a cow-tagging company

BC Partners, a London-based private equity firm, beat out nearly a dozen competitors to acquire Allflex, the world’s leading maker of electronic tags for animals. Allflex was valued at $1 billion in January and sold for $1.3 billion, suggesting an intense bidding process.<p>The competition to acquire …

Private Equity

Somali famine killed 258,000, half of them children, says UN

Almost 260,000 Somalians, half of them children, died of dire hunger from 2010 to 2012 - a toll that is greatly higher than was feared at the time, an official report said today.<p>Half of those who died were children aged below five, with almost a fifth of that age group dying in the hardest-hit area.<p>…

Employee creates Bitcoin botnet to exploit ESEA's 500,000-member gaming community

The ESEA gaming network has been exploiting its users' powerful graphics cards to mine Bitcoins without their knowledge. "Mining" is the way Bitcoin is created — it involves dedicating some or all of a CPU or GPUs power to solving hashes, which in turn generates the virtual currency. The mining …

China Is Investing $810M In Beidou, A Navigation System It Hopes Will Eventually Rival GPS

China is investing $810 million into the development of Beidou (BDS), the navigation satellite system that it is positioning as a rival to the U.S.-developed GPS.<p>According to China Daily, the money will be used to build an industrial park that will house 30 to 50 companies focused on developing an …

NCAA had record $71 million surplus in fiscal 2012

The NCAA recorded a nearly $71 million surplus for its 2012 fiscal year, according to an audited financial statement the association released Wednesday.<p>The surplus, an all-time best for the organization, increased its year-end net assets to more than $566 million, roughly double where they stood at …

IRS Takes A Bite Out Of Bitcoin

Bitcoin is virtual currency much in the news these days. It’s peer-to-peer so there’s no central bank or government. But if you think that means the IRS won’t get a piece, think again.<p>The IRS already gets a piece where you swap one product or service for another, as the IRS explains at its …

Hackers Are Trying To Create An Untraceable And Comprehensive Financial System Using Bitcoin

As virtual currencies grow, that could have profound implications for governments trying to keep track of and regulate the flow of money across their borders. What's more, this ghost of a banking system is key to understanding that there's a real demand for bitcoin—just not as a currency in the …

Bitcoin

Jason Collins on coming out: 'Hopefully I can be someone's role model'

Basketballer Jason Collins said on Tuesday he hoped he could be a role model for young people after coming out as the first openly gay player in one …

Ahead Of Its Rumored IPO, Alibaba Buys A $586 Million Stake In Sina Weibo

The official announcement noted that the deal should bring in $380 million in marketing and e-commerce to Sina Weibo over the course of three years (link in Chinese). The deal had been rumored for awhile, though so too had a Weibo investment by leading Chinese search engine, Baidu.<p>"We think this …

China

Hackers are trying to create an untraceable and comprehensive financial system using bitcoin

What’s often missed about alternative currencies like bitcoin is that they weren’t just made for buying and selling things. Nor are they simply tools for financial speculation. Bitcoin is also a payment system, allowing anyone to transfer money anonymously, immediately, irreversibly—and, if you …

Bitcoin
FinTech

Online Grocery in Prime Position, Says Relay Foods CEO

“You don’t need 200 grocery stores to serve a market. All you need is one Relay.” — Zach Buckner, CEO, Relay Foods

Microcontroller

China’s Huawei bails on the United States

There’s only so much abuse that a giant network equipment manufacturer repeatedly accused of threatening US national security can take.<p>“We are not interested in the US market any more,” Huawei executive vice president Eric Xu said at the company’s annual analyst summit on Wednesday, as reported by …

China